“Just Say Know” on National Wear Red Day

It’s National Wear Red Day! Hospital clinicians and staff gathered in our North Tower Atrium today dressed in our red best and in the shape of a heart to encourage our community to “Just Say Know” to heart disease. One out of every 3 people in South Carolina dies from cardiovascular disease. And, heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the world. Knowing your risk factors and how to prevent them can save your life.

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Lexington Medical Center’s “Just Say Know” campaign emphasizes four main ways people can protect themselves against heart disease:

1. KNOW the risk factors.
2. KNOW when to talk to your doctor.
3. KNOW how to lower your risk.
4. KNOW when to call 9-1-1.

Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and a stressful lifestyle. Talking to your doctor about your heart, even if you’re healthy, is important. February is a perfect time to speak with your health care provider about your overall heart health, any concerns you may have, or questions you want to ask so that you can take control of your heart health.

And, during the month of February, Lexington Medical Center will be lit up at night with red lights to remind community members to “Just Say Know” to heart disease.

To test your heart health knowledge, go to LexMed.com/Know to take an online quiz.

You can also schedule a hospital speaker to talk to your business, church group or organization about heart disease. Visit LexMed.com/Know or call Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach at (803) 936-8850.

Lexington Medical Center will host a FREE heart fair on Sunday, February 28 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia. Attendees can walk through a MEGA inflatable heart, take an exercise class, and learn their blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI). Visitors can also learn about advanced technologies for heart care, meet Lexington Medical Center physicians and watch healthy cooking demonstrations.

Lexington County Students Express the Art of Healing

Nine Lexington County high school students have received prizes and awards in the 7th annual “Art of Healing,” a juried art competition for Lexington County high school students sponsored by Lexington Medical Center in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art. The students created drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures that each depicted their interpretation of healing. Their work will be on display from now until March 4 at the Columbia Museum of Art. Lexington Medical Center will display the artwork in the hospital’s North Tower Atrium from March 7–April 4.

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Art teachers from Lexington County high schools each chose one student’s artwork to enter. All artwork had to incorporate healing or health. Steven Ford, owner of Steven Ford Interiors, Jane Przybysz, executive director of the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, and Joseph Kendrick, visual arts assistant for the South Carolina Arts Commission and operations manager at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, judged the entries and selected the winners.

“Lexington Medical Center is proud to partner with the Columbia Museum of Art to give students the opportunity to express their interpretation of ‘healing’ through art,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “The creativity and thought put into each entry and the interpretations of the art of healing truly inspire us. Displaying their work at the Columbia Museum of Art is a wonderful way for our community to see how these students look at the world.”

Many of the students’ entries shared inspirational personal stories of family members’ health challenges and recovery.

Students received their awards at a reception at the Columbia Museum of Art on February 1. The students, their teachers, school administrators, hospital board members and staff, and museum employees attended.

Congratulations to all winners!

Art of Healing Winners
1st Prize
“Scarred but Never Broken” by Yaroslava Gavrilyuk, River Bluff High School

2nd Prize
“At Sunset” by Abigail Green, River Bluff High School

3rd Prize
“Rebuilding Peace” by Lilliana Cameron, Lexington High School

Juror’s Choice
“Perspective” by Liz Nicolai, Chapin High School
“Make a Wish” by Blythe Lybrand, Spring Hill High School
“Scoliosis” by Gabe Pepper, Lexington High School

Honorable Mention
“Time Will Mend” by Monica Alverson, Gilbert High School
“Remember Me” by Samantha Morris, River Bluff High School
“Contentment” by Tori Schmidt, River Bluff High School

“Just Say Know” to Heart Disease: LMC is RED for February

Lexington Medical Center encourages community members to “Just Say Know” to heart disease during the month of February, which is American Heart Month. One out of every 3 people in South Carolina dies from cardiovascular disease. And, heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the world. Knowing your risk factors and how to prevent them can save your life.

Lexington Medical Center’s “Just Say Know” campaign emphasizes four main ways people can protect themselves against heart disease:

1. KNOW the risk factors.
2. KNOW when to talk to your doctor.
3. KNOW how to lower your risk.
4. KNOW when to call 9-1-1.

Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and a stressful lifestyle. Talking to your doctor about your heart, even if you’re healthy, is important. February is a perfect time to speak with your health care provider about your overall heart health, any concerns you may have, or questions you want to ask so that you can take control of your heart health.

During the month of February, Lexington Medical Center will be lit up at night with red lights to remind community members to “Just Say Know” to heart disease. This photo shows some of our employees outside of the “red hospital” last night.

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To test your heart health knowledge, go to LexMed.com/Know to take an online quiz.

You can also schedule a hospital speaker to talk to your business, church group or organization about heart disease. Visit LexMed.com/Know or call Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach at (803) 936-8850.

Lexington Medical Center will host a FREE heart fair on Sunday, February 28 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia. Attendees can walk through a MEGA inflatable heart, take an exercise class, and learn their blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI). Visitors can also learn about advanced technologies for heart care, meet Lexington Medical Center physicians and watch healthy cooking demonstrations.